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Francis E. Haas, 83


July 10, 2006


Francis E. “Dutch” Haas, 83, of 507 Railroad Street Danville PA died Sunday evening July 9, 2006 at his residence.  He was born April 5 1923 in Danville PA the son of the late Charles and Dora Robinson Haas.

Mr. Haas attended the Mooresburg One Room School through 8th grade.  He was a molder for the former Art and Bronze Forge Company Danville PA.  He was also employed by the former Danville Fur Factory and Geisinger Medical Center in the Maintenance Department.  His employment also included being a molder and working on the shell line at  Kennedy Van Saun Danville PA.  Mr. Haas was also a custodian of the Danville Area School District primarily at Liberty Valley Elementary School. 

Mr. Haas was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church Danville PA where he served on the church council and was a church custodian for 15 years.  He was a life member of Washington Fire and Hose Company Danville PA and served faithfully as a member of the Danville Fire Police since he was 18 years old.  He was a volunteer ambulance driver for many years.  Mr. Haas also served on the Danville Borough Council.  He especially enjoyed repairing and restoring bicycles and lawn mowers which he then sold from his residence.  Mr. Haas enjoyed picking strawberries and raspberries, making homemade wine and harvesting walnuts, all of which he freely shared with his friends and family.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years Jean A. Walker Haas whom he married July 1, 1941 and one son Ed Haas and his daughter-in-law Ruth L. of Danville PA.  Also surviving are two grandsons, Brian S. Haas and his wife Dawn and Shawn C. Haas and two great-grandchildren, Kennedy and Brenden Haas and a special great- great niece Miranda Sue Keefer. He is also survived by one sister Grace Messersmith of Redlands, California.  He was preceded in death by three brothers; Joseph, Robert and Charles E. Haas and four sisters; Lucille Cook, Bertha Houseknecht, F. Helen Stump and Violet Leiby.  He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, July 15, 2006 at 1:00 PM in the sanctuary of Trinity Lutheran Church 209 Church Street Danville PA with the Reverend Michael Greenauer officiating. Burial will be in Straub’s Lutheran Cemetery Frosty Valley Road Danville PA.  Friends will be received from 12:00 PM until the time of service in the church chapel. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Columbia Montour Home Hospice 599 East 7th Street Bloomsburg PA 17815 or the Memorial Fund of the church.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 10 West Mahoning Street Danville PA 17821.


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